The importance of promoting well-being within a community cannot be overstated. While higher well-being not only has a tangible impact on lowering healthcare costs and improving job performance, it also signifies better quality of life, greater sense of purpose and closer relationships within a community setting. A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® indicates that while many communities nationwide have high well-being, there is still room for improvement even at the highest levels. The report, entitled “State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Well-Being Rankings and Access to Care,” examines the comparative well-being of 190 communities across the nation.
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida was the nation’s highest well-being community, followed closely by Salinas, California. Naples scores very highly in both purpose (4th) and social (6th) well-being and is particularly strong in community well-being, with a No. 1 placement in this element. Another Florida community, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, ranks No. 3 overall and is No. 1 in financial well-being. Corpus Christi, Texas is the No. 1 community for both purpose and social well-being, although lower rankings in other elements leave it at No. 35 overall. Boulder, Colorado, a community with the lowest level of obesity in the nation, is the No. 1 community for physical well-being. These and other select communities in Florida, California, Colorado and Texas are among the communities that lead in well-being, and communities from these four states account for 14 of the top 20 in the rankings.
On the other end of the spectrum, low well-being communities are spread out across a more geographically diverse group of states. However, Ohio claims five of the lowest 20 well-being communities. The lowest overall well-being community in the rankings, Charleston, West Virginia, also has the lowest physical well-being.
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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index uses a holistic definition of well-being and self-reported data from individuals across the globe to create a uniquely comprehensive view of societal progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Previous Gallup and Healthways research shows that high well-being closely relates to key health outcomes such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, lower workplace absenteeism and better workplace performance, change in obesity status and new onset disease burden.